Professor Julian Jackson

Professor of Modern French History

Location Arts Two 3.07

Email: j.t.jackson@qmul.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8360

My PhD from Cambridge University was a study of the impact of the 1930s Depression on French politics. All my subsequent research has centred on French history since the 1930s.

I have written on the defeat of France in 1940, the German Occupation, homosexuality in postwar France and the ‘events’ of May 1968. I am currently writing a biography of de Gaulle.

Research 

My research interests include:

  • The crisis of the 1930s in France: Socialism, Popular Front, economic depression
  • The German Occupation, Vichy France, Resistance
  • De Gaulle and the history of Gaullism
  • The ‘1968’ years
  • History of Homosexuality
  • Debates about memory in modern France
  • French film 1930s-1960s

Current PhD Students

  • Daniel Callwood"Trois milliards de pervers: transnational exchanges in France's 'gay liberation moment' 1968-82"
  • Stephen FeinAnti-Communism of the French state in the interwar years: the Police des étrangers
  • Francis MikusThe road to an integrated homosexuality? A comparative historical study of civil unions and same-sex marriage in France and the United Kingdom
  • Eoghan MoranAn Entangled History of the French and Spanish Popular Fronts
  • Katherine Rossy"Solving the Postwar Puzzle: Perspectives on the Evolution of Occupation Culture and Policy in the French Zone of Occupation in Post-Nazi Germany, 1945- c. 1955"

Postgraduate supervision 

I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:

  • The crisis of the 1930s in France: Socialism, Popular Front, economic depression
  • The German Occupation, Vichy France, Resistance
  • De Gaulle and the history of Gaullism
  • The ‘1968’ years
  • History of Homosexuality
  • Debates about memory in modern France
  • French film 1930s-1960s

Publications 

The Politics of Depression in France (Cambridge: Cambridge University  Press, 1985), x+303 pp. [Japanese translation 2001]

The Popular Front in France: Defending Democracy 1934-1938 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, xiv+353pp [Japanese Translation 1992]

France: the Dark Years 1940-1944 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), 680pp. [French trans. France sous l’Occupation 1940-1944, Flammarion, 2004, 852pp. Czech Translation 2006.

The Short Oxford History of Europe 1900-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), 254pp. [I was the editor of this volume as well as writing the introduction and conclusion. A Portuguese translation was published last month, and another translation has been arranged into Polish].

 The Fall of France (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), 263pp. Czech Translation 2007.

 De Gaulle (London: Haus Publishing, June 2003) [French trans. De Gaulle au-delà de la légende, Alvik, 2004] [Portugese Translation]

Living in Arcadia. Homosexuality, Politics and Morality in France from the Liberation to Aids (University of Chicago, Press 2009) 321pp. [French translation: Arcadie. La Vie homosexuelle en France de l’après guerre à la dépénalisation. Edtions Autremenr, 2009. 363 pages].

La Grande Illusion (BFI Publications, 2009). 116pp.

Ed. May 68. France’s Last Revolution (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). 

Appearances in the media since 2008:

  • ‘The French Enigma’ BBC Radio 4 (22 November 2011)
  • Frances’ Empire: five BBC Radio 3 talks broadcast week starting 12 September 2011
  • ‘Louis Renault a-t-il collboré?’ France 2 Television 2 March 2011
  • ‘A la Recherche de Winston Churchill’ France Culture July 2010) [‘Le Piège du Massilia’ France 2 Television, 9 March 2011.
  • 18 June 2010 I covered live from London for France 2 Television the visit of President Sarkozy to London on the anniversary of de Galle’s speech of 1940.
  • ‘De Gaulle’ Archive Hour BBC Radio 4 (4 June 2010)
  • ‘La Resistance’ five documentaries shown on French television (TV5) on 22/2/08, 29/02/08, 7/3//08, 14/3/08. This has also been released in France as DVDs.
  • BBC Radio 3 on the Franco-Prussian War (28/1/08, 29/1/08, 30/1/08, 31/1/08).

Accolades

Membership of professional associations or societies

  • Conseil Sceintifique, Centre d’archives et de documentation LGBT de Paris

Editorial Positions